It happens. If I were to tell you every story I have personally seen or heard where people fake being a christian, take advantage of the church (time and time again) with no remorse or repentance (or willingness to change) You’d be appalled.
I have been faced with a plethora of reactions when I say “Hey “There are con Artists” Watch out! Some say well You have to love ALL the time turn the other cheek……
“Well that’s not our business,” They say, “We just have to love, and be kind like Jesus said or did.” Really? He let the people sitting at his feet listening to him go hungry for three days (was it a fast?) He told a woman asking for healing for her daughter the children’s bread was not for dogs! There is no record of Jesus gathering his disciples together and saying “Come on boys, we’re going to hand out free meals today to everyone in the leper colony!”
I had a woman tell me (recently) that she tried to help someone (got burned) and after she’d helped this person ranted at her (she didn’t help enough apparently) and I have also experienced this myself.
When I was a property manager, I remember a couple who got the church to pay their deposit and rent, and moved in. They didn’t have a very good back ground check but hey, the church was helping, so we overlooked it in the interest of good will and charity. After all isn’t that what we are supposed to do? Love our neighbors? Jesus indicated brethren first and be wise (as serpents) but somehow that goes unheard by many as our examples of great humanitarians loom before us as “the great example” of how we should be.
This couple moved in, wrecked the place, made a mess that would make your hair curl, soiled carpet, ruined floors, stains, grease debris that cost the owner literally thousands to repair. They moved out owing two months rent, as it was never paid, and their promise to pay was not kept.
I’ve met people who say “Just go to the church for help,” there is a network of people who do this, and go from town to town, place to place, leaving damage, debris and sorrow in their wake. The people who get burned often feel God let them down somehow, or they just decide never to help anyone again and develop a ‘no trust” standard.
This is so sad (to me). Do we really need these extremes? Help everyone or help no one?
I know it’s hard to decide if someone is “worthy of help.” After all we do have the example of Jesus saying “Judge not” and there is this nugget:
“To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. ” Luke 6:29
But see you have to LOOK hard at the whole picture here. Verse And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. Verse 31 of this same passage says:
“And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.”
Do you want God to just let you be a con artist? Hurting everyone as you go? Leaving a trail of destruction in your wake? Certainly the disciples were not like this. I want God’s correction don’t you? SO see the whole counsel of God is not to just let someone rape you financially and take all your goods over and over again. And sit and cry and say “God did this to me.” I was Just obeying his word!
I don’t have time to tell you all the passages about being wise (in proverbs) It saddens me that people who don’t study the bible allow leaders (who are setting some bad examples by the way) direct their paths, (instead of learning from the Holy spirit for themselves).
I too followed their examples at one time. I gave and gave and thought “Well God would reward me” and grieved the heart of God in the process. He wept for me. Every time he tried to bless me, I thought I had to give it all away. I allowed con artists to (literally) steal from me, thinking it was God’s will. If you are a person LIKE the disciples Jesus was talking to YOU WANT Corrected. Right? (if you are being a con artist?)
Don’t be afraid to call a spade a spade Or get discernment! You won’t be less in the Kingdom of God you’ll be MORE. More able to help those God wants to help…..
Less foolish and less fooled..Not deceived! Til next time; -Laura Grace
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Dear Father in the name of Jesus I pray….be with me today as I share this message and give me living hope, that what I say shall prevail, over every scheme of the enemy, and that it will help pull down strongholds, break barriers, crack doors wide open, and break every chain of bondage. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
“Don’t get your hopes up,” ever heard that expression? It’s a definite self-preservation stance. There are people who will risk rock-climbing, bungee jumping, or most anything dangerous, and yet they fear one thing the most: FALSE HOPE.
There are atheists who believe we must protect ourselves from this, and there are Christians who are far more terrified of “looking like a fool” than they are of death itself.
Don’t kid yourself, every minister of God who ever stepped out in Faith, said things like “you will get your miracle today,” faced the fears of false hope, before they ever said it.
I lost count of how many times I looked into the precious faces of my children, and they said to me “mom, what are we going to do?” (For we went through a lot of turbulence in our lives,” and my heart and mind would pray “Father please don’t allow me to give them false hope, show me what to say!” “Father please I need you to be with me, before I ever open my mouth!” ……
Well, He was always there………
But, where do these fears come from? I will tell you. Mostly, they come from those who did carelessly dish out false hope (In times past). Someone said everything would be okay and it wasn’t, or they said everything will be just fine and, it wasn’t fine.
However, that’s no excuse, for me anyway, to give up on the possibility of miracles, every single day of our lives. Signs and wonders follow those who believe (for miracles) Not those who do not believe for them. It’s very clear! So Let’s ask this question then,
Father, what miracles do you want me to believe for? Because I know you want me to believe for them! I know you are a miracle working God! This way, we have both submitted ourselves to God, (book of James) and we are resisting the devil, who says we should be afraid to hope…….
I have yet to meet a true believer who was ever sorry they had faith……..Sooner or later, regardless of the outcome, their faith is honored by God. They may not get it how they thought, when they thought, or maybe didn’t have quite the outcome they thought….
But a miracle did happen! I have seen it too many times not to believe this, with all my heart……..With love and affection, and I will say this again, don’t fear false hope! It’s not the damaging monster it claims to be.
Hi, It’s me again, Laura Grace.
I was actually coloring in my adult color book when this came to me. I did pray today, asked The Lord to speak into my life. I have something to share with you right now, something very important. When God said “thou shalt have no other gods before me”
He didn’t just mean other gods, as in religious statues, or Zeus, or whoever. He also
meant your problem, your child, your spouse, your job……….Money Problems?
Anything taking over your mind can be an idol. So much for pointing fingers at drug
addicts, or whoever YOU think is in sin, right? Right! NOW (here’s the good part) THE
REASON! God’s not mean! He doesn’t demand in a roll of thunder we have no other gods
because he is going to get so furious at us for not putting him first. The Jealousy he has is
a love type of jealousy, not the fleshly type we are used to seeing, or experiencing.
GET THIS: He just loves you so much, he doesn’t want these other things getting in your way so, he can’t really speak to you, can’t get across to you, what he wants to say. He cries
over it, weeps over it………..
Now, if you hate God, have sided with the devil and are shaking your fist at him, that’s another story! But if you are his child? HE JUST WANTS YOU TO GET IT! So badly he said,
No other gods…….no problem no nothing, don’t let it get between us, (he is saying) Because I really WANT YOU TO get MY WISDOM ……….Because I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!
Well thank you Father, Thank you love us SO much (THAT MUCH) That you would do anything for us to get it. Even sending your Son (Jesus) ……to spoil all those principalities
and powers……….Your anointed servant,
Laura Grace (Peace!)
I don’t believe in weak prayers……….
What I believe (and will always believe) is that the Holy Spirit SHOWS US how to pray. This, like everything else, has to be activated, and applied, in order for it to work.
When I am hit with a big problem I pray like this “Father, You said in your word, the Holy Spirit teaches us how to pray” and I ask God what he would like me to pray! This is based on the passage “If we ask according to his Will, he gives us what we ask.”
Many people take “the easy way” out on this and just pray for God’s will all the time. There are others who wear themselves out, beating on the doors of heaven for what they would like to see happen. Neither of these extremes is good.
The Holy Spirit will never give you a weak, apathetic, lifeless prayer.
HE will direct you pray things GOD IS going to answer! Then you can stand firmly in Faith and not waver (like Father Abraham) because you are believing for something the Lord promised to YOU Personally Via the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is your teacher, coach and counsellor, given to you by the Grace (undeserved favor) of God!
If you want to see more answered prayer….ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to pray!
I love you. I am called and chosen to write this. I write it to help and encourage you.
be blessed! Romans 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. (and after the wordless groans, He shows us how to pray, giving US the interpretation!).
Laura Grace, Author, Grace to Soar
A poem by Laura Grace based on James 1:22-25
Let go of what you cannot change
Your life will never be the same
Cast your cares upon the Lord
Hold your ground, wield your sword
The sword of truth, the shield of faith
Keeps you alive, to run your race
Enjoy the ride, as much as you can
Pray to become a brand new man
It’s really simple, and talk is cheap
You’ll be transformed, if you just stay meek
The Meek inherit, all good things
And stay out of trouble, whatever life brings
Do you know why, this saying is true?
Begins with you
Laura Grace, Author, Minister
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